Oh. My. God. Becky! Amazon just announced its Prime Day of whiz-bang sales for this year, and the shoppers among us are already tapping their feet. Truth told it should be called Prime Days this year as Amazon is expanding the deal days to two days. July 15-16 are the big days. Gildshire is here to tell you everything you need to know about the most important day of the retailing year that doesn’t start with “Black.” We received your questions. Now, sit back while we drop some Amazon Prime Day 2019 knowledge on you.
What is Amazon Prime Day?
For lack of a better term, it is Amazon’s annual retail holiday. It started in 2015 as a one-day-only sale celebrating Amazon’s 20th anniversary. Prime Day was popular (even with glitches), and Amazon decided to roll it out once a year. This year it is so big that one-day can’t hold it.
Can I just come in and shop, or do I have to prepare somehow?
Well, you have to be an Amazon Prime member, and that costs about $110 a year. But, you can always sign up for a 30-day trial that will run through the sale.
Won’t the $110 ruin the Amazon Prime Day 2019 savings deal?
If that is all you want from Prime, then yes. But, there are a lot of advantages to a Prime membership. Too many to mention here. Free streaming movies, free two-day (soon to be one-day) shipping for anything Prime sells. Check it out and see if you can find $10-$12 a month in value. If so, Prime Day is just a bonus.
Which ones of Amazon’s products can I expect to see on sale for Prime Day?
We only know a few things for sure right now, but Amazon will let us know about the rest of the sales about a week in advance. Already, you can find a Toshiba HD 43-Inch Fire TV Edition Smart TV, (pictured below) for $179.99. That’s a good deal. Last year, the Amazon Firestick was a top-seller. Other hot items included phones, smart home accessories, cameras, computers, TVs of all sizes, kitchen appliances, fitness accessories, and beauty items. The Instant Pot was a big hit last year, and we expect the same to be the case this year.
It sounds like Amazon owns the retail universe on that day.
The Big A is an unstoppable force, but some retailers are scheduling sales on, or near, Prime Day?
Who would dare?
Brick and mortar stores are shying away from the competition, but some online retailers are wading into the fray. Look around, starting on about the 10th of the month, and see who is willing to compete with Prime Day.
It all sounds a little overwhelming. Is there a way to know in advance what Amazon has in mind for Prime Day?
Download the Amazon app on your smartphone. There you will find previews a week in advance of Amazon Prime Day 2019, and buttons to push that will show you upcoming sales in the next hour clear up to the next 48 hours. It can be overwhelming, but if you can focus on one or two things that interest you, great buys can be found!
I’m pretty excited for Amazon Prime Day 2019. My trigger finger is itchy.
Good luck, and happy shopping!